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University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
910 Madison Avenue, Ste 1031
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
(901) 448-1488
Email address
School Information
"The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine promotes statewide medical education with campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. The College of Medicine aims to improve the health of Tennesseans and our society as a whole by providing an exceptional and nurturing environment for the education of students and physicians, by contributing to advances in medical science, and by providing health services of the highest quality" (Source:
General Information
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has engaged in several DEI initiatives. The school has stated that it will align with the AAMC’s Collective Action Initiative on Advancing DEI. Grants for DEI are offered by the Diversity & Inclusion Mini-Grants program. The school offers the Student Social Justice and Diversity Healthcare Leadership Award. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Disciplinary Measures
  • The school provides a link to file a complaint for violations of the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity policy.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The school states, "The UTHSC College of Medicine strives to establish a culture of diversity and inclusivity amongst students, faculty and staff. We are committed to fostering an environment of respect, honesty, integrity, and accountability to ensure differences are welcomes." Furthermore, the school has aligned itself with the AAMC's Collective Action Initiative on Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Program and Research Funding
  • In September 2021, the school published a document titled "Diversity & Inclusion Mini-Grants" which lists several of its 2020 grantees and details their associated projects.
  • Late in 2021, the school joined in a national campaign launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, a Collective Action Initiative on Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This initiative seeks "to respond the academic medicine community’s desire for concrete actions and accountability from medical school leaders to accelerate meaningful change that supports DEI and anti-racism efforts across U.S. and Canadian medical schools" and "demonstrate a national leadership commitment to DEI and aligns with the AAMC’s Strategic Action Plan #3, 'Equip Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals to Become More Inclusive, Equitable Organizations.'"
  • When Dr. Claudette Jones Shepherd was named founding associate dean of Diversity and Inclusion in February 2021, she stated, "Some people have different ideas of what diversity is, they think in terms of underrepresented minorities....It goes beyond just the underrepresented, the inclusion piece helps you feel like you belong."
  • The school's "Student Social Justice and Diversity Healthcare Leadership Award" recognizes students whose "actions demonstrate the importance of social justice activism, equity, and diversity while positively impacting UTHSC and the community."
Symbolic Actions
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity “coordinates, facilitates, and participates in the development and implementation of equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and inclusion, equity, and diversity policies, procedures, and guidelines for UTHSC.”
  • The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity “supports diversity and inclusion in UTHSC’s strategic map while leading and collaborating with various campus advisory bodies.”
  • On June 30, 2023, the college published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies and stated the following: “Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision regarding student admissions systems at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. This potentially represents a significant change in the law relating to the college admissions process. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be diving into the details of this ruling to determine whether it will impact our campuses and institutes. Our focus on access, retention and engagement, as well as our commitment to the mission of the UT System remains unchanged: to serve all Tennesseans and beyond through education, discovery and outreach. We will be sharing more details about the possible impact of Supreme Court’s recent ruling as more information becomes available to us."
Last updated December 6th, 2023
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